canoe

Start Your Paddling Season on the Snake River

As Slim and I approached another mild-looking rapids on the Snake River, we saw that some other racers were capsized at the bottom. They were wading around in the chest-deep water, fishing their gear out and trying to free their canoe, which was submerged and pinned by the rushing water.

John Latch: A Conservation Pioneer

John Latch: A Conservation Pioneer

 

The June sky turned an angry thunderstorm blue bringing rain down on John A. Latsch, canoeing near Camp Glory, now Bass Camp, on the Mississippi River above his hometown of Winona.

Latsch, a wealthy, 47-year-old grocer, loved to fish, hunt and explore the byzantine backwaters of the Mississippi River in his little boat. Back in 1907, the Mississippi River bottomland was privately owned yet used by the public. Usually, landowners allowed boaters brief refuge along the shore.

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MN

Minnesota named "Best Trail State"

We have known this for a long time and now it is official.

Pentel campaigns via bike, canoe

Ken Pentel believes if you are going to run an ecological campaign for governor you should at least spend some of your campaign time traveling on a bike or in a canoe.

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MN

Getting Naked, Sleeping Around

      Over the years we've looked at tents, sleeping bags, water filters, stoves, all the usual stuff.  But, no matter how you slice it, there is a finite amount of stuff that anyone needs to get outside.  That ineluctable fact leads to a question: what, besides gear, is essential? 

Canoeing Cuyuna Lakes

           I’ve been dreaming of canoeing the chain of crystal clear mining and natural lakes at Cuyuna Country Recreation Area ever since I rode their paved bike trail in 2006. The old Cuyuna mine was abandoned some 30 years ago and became a 5,000-acre recreation area in 1993.

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MN

Trip Report: Camping, canoeing, and fly-fishing at St. Croix State Park

To get to the Little Yellow Banks canoe landing at St. Croix State Park, you first drive five miles of paved road from the highway to park headquarters.

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MN

Birch Bark Expedition

 

by Dave Simpkins

Trails Editor

 

Birch bark canoes, sled dogs and living near Grand Portage has brought Erik Simula as close as a person can get to the lives of the early voyageurs and Ojibwe people.

 

Last summer, he learned firsthand what it is like to paddle 1000 miles over 108 days, as he fulfilled a lifelong dream of paddling the Arrowhead in his handmade birch bark canoe with his 40-pound sled dog Kitigan.

Traditional Gear

 

His 14-foot canoe was made in the Ojibwe-Anishinaabe old tribal form, weighing 45 pounds dry and 65 pounds wet. It was made of local white cedar framing, split black spruce roots and white birch bark for the hull and pine resin mixed with charcoal and bear grease for sealant. He harvested much of his bark and made repairs along the way.

 

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MN
16 Shady Oak Road S
Hopkins, MN, 55343